Courtesy of Greenwich Hotel
Actor-entrepreneur Robert De Niro’s newest addition to his mini TriBeCa empire is his most inviting yet. Opened in the former warehouse neighborhood in 2008, The Greenwich is a masterful trompe l’oeil: the corner building, erected on an empty parking lot, looks as if it’s been there since the turn of the century—the truth hidden by its hand-distressed brick façade. Inside, a hushed gentleman’s lair awaits; tufted leather sofas, stately potted palms, and exotic objets fill the lobby and Drawing Room, whose centerpiece is a positively baronial wood-burning fireplace. Adjacent is a lush enclosed courtyard. The hotel’s most distinctive feature, however, may be the lofty level of craftsmanship—fine hand-loomed Tibetan rugs, reclaimed oak floors, ceramic Moroccan tiled baths—that ribbons throughout the public spaces and the 88 individually decorated rooms and 13 suites. A visit to the guests-only Shibui Spa, with its traditional tatami mats, shoji screens, soaking tub, and showstopping pool canopied by 250-year-old beams from a Japanese farmhouse, will make you feel like you’ve escaped to an exclusive Kyoto onsen.